Ministries team up to boost silk industry

Two government agencies got together to sign an agreement to boost and develop the silk sector in Cambodia. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed this month by the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT) seeks to boost local raw ...

Sok Chan

Silk weavers find it tough

Today, mulberry trees are a rarity in Cambodia – most of them having been destroyed during the Khmer Rouge era – and silk weavers in Phnom Penh’s main silk producing area in Koh Dach, an island on the Mekong river, have no choice but to ...

Chea Vannak

Cambodian silk market troubles

Despite steady sales of silk products in the Kingdom, the combination of a lack of skilled labor and cheap imports are adding extra stress to Cambodia’s already beleaguered domestic production, say officials and industry experts. ...

Sok Chan

Local silk production nearly extinct

Cambodia’s natural silk industry is on the verge of extinction due to the widespread use of pesticides that have severely damaged the health of silkworms, leading producers to rely on imported synthetic fibers to meet demand, experts say. Men Sinoeun, executive director of the Artisan’s Association ...

Kang Sothear

Kingdom’s crafts can be hit in Korea

Cambodian handicrafts and home decor products could take off with South Korean buyers if certain obstacles – conceptual design, development techniques, and slow delivery services – are overcome, business owners and merchants said yesterday. Speaking at a seminar on Korean Market Access for Cambodia’s textiles at ...

Imports Fill the Gap as Domestic Silk Production Dwindles

Cambodia is importing hundreds of tons of silk from China and Vietnam to compensate for a fast-declining domestic industry, which is suffering due to producers opting to grow other crops instead or raising silk worms, according to silk producers. Men Sinoeun, director of the Artisans’ Association ...

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